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Dev Patel: I Just Get Offered

Dev Patel: I Just Get Offered “Goofy Indian Sidekick” Roles

by Julianne Hing on August 12 2010, 3:00PM

The Slumdog Millionaire star is still struggling to find the right roles.

Topics: Arts & Culture

How Time's Aisha Cover Obscures the Horror of War Photo

How Time’s Aisha Cover Obscures the Horror of War

by Daisy Hernandez on August 8 2010, 10:34AM

Featuring a woman’s mutilation outside of the context in which the horror has happened both obscures the reality of the situation and conceals those who are responsible.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media

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The “Bed Intruder” Video, YouTube Fame and Modern Minstrelsy

by Jamilah King on August 6 2010, 8:05PM

Antoine Dodson is an overnight Web celebrity, but that doesn’t change much about our love affair with minstrelsy.

Topics: Antoine Dodson, Arts & Culture, Technology

More Than Black/White Questions in

More Than Black/White Questions in “Essence” Drama

by Jamilah King on August 2 2010, 5:43PM

Is there a place for black women in fashion overall?

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media

MAC, Rodarte Will Donate ALL Global Profits to Juarez

MAC, Rodarte Will Donate ALL Global Profits to Juarez

by Julianne Hing on August 2 2010, 1:42PM

Both companies scramble to cover missteps in their Juarez-inspired makeup line.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Lady Gaga Denounces SB 1070 at Phoenix Concert

Lady Gaga Denounces SB 1070 at Phoenix Concert

by Jamilah King on August 2 2010, 1:04PM

She won’t join the boycott, but Gaga at least spoke her mind while playing the state.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Immigration

Is Essence Leaving Black Women Behind?

Is Essence Leaving Black Women Behind?

by Jamilah King on July 28 2010, 3:28PM

The magazine is set to announce its new fashion editor: a white woman.

Topics: Arts & Culture

The Kids Are All Right, But Not the Queer Movement

The Kids Are All Right, But Not the Queer Movement

by Daisy Hernandez on July 25 2010, 11:30AM

Intentionally or not, Lisa Cholodenko has rendered on the big screen the narrow racial realities of our new gay world order.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

The Beauty Bloggers Who Blew MAC and Rodarte's Juarez Cover

The Beauty Bloggers Who Blew MAC and Rodarte’s Juarez Cover

by Julianne Hing on July 22 2010, 7:39AM

A virtual panel with the cosmetic experts who exposed the beauty company’s “Juarez” collection and got them to publicly apologize.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Bloggers Demand MAC & Rodarte Donate Profit from Juarez Makeup

Bloggers Demand MAC & Rodarte Donate Profit from Juarez Makeup

by Julianne Hing on July 19 2010, 6:02PM

Update 8:54pm ET: MAC has announced that it will be changing the names of some of the products in their Juarez-inspired collaboration with Rodarte. No details on which product names will be changed—but we’ll venture a guess and say that…

Topics: Arts & Culture

Hollywood Whitewashing, from John Wayne to Last Airbender Photo

Hollywood Whitewashing, from John Wayne to Last Airbender

by Hatty Lee on July 17 2010, 12:55PM

Hollywood’s still trying to make blockbuster films by wedging white leads into characters conceived as people of color.

Topics: Arts & Culture

MAC, Rodarte Say Sorry for Juarez-Inspired Makeup

MAC, Rodarte Say Sorry for Juarez-Inspired Makeup

by Julianne Hing on July 16 2010, 2:40PM

Rodarte and MAC team up on border-town shades such as “factory,” “Ghost town” and “quinceanera.”

Topics: Arts & Culture

Readers Debate Chris Brown's BET Comeback

Readers Debate Chris Brown’s BET Comeback

by Jorge Rivas on July 1 2010, 2:53PM

If singer Chris Brown had beat up Black Entertainment Television (BET) president Debra Lee’s daughter, would she let him on her awards show? That was just one of the questions readers posed on a ColorLines story published earlier this week….

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media

Chris Brown's Fake Tears? He Had No Business on BET Either Way

Chris Brown’s Fake Tears? He Had No Business on BET Either Way

by Jorge Rivas on June 28 2010, 3:32AM

Debate’s stirring over whether Chris Brown’s breakdown on the BET Awards show was real or marketing. The real question is why he was there in the first place.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

Michael Jackson: One Year Later

Michael Jackson: One Year Later

by Daisy Hernandez on June 25 2010, 3:12PM

It’s the one-year anniversary of the death of the King of Pop and the tributes have been underway since early this morning.

Topics: Arts & Culture

The Reluctant Allure of Rapper Drake

The Reluctant Allure of Rapper Drake

by Jamilah King on June 17 2010, 12:00PM

Hip-hop’s new golden boy shows how little the music industry’s changed - and how little we want it to.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Tony Award Winners Make History Photo

Tony Award Winners Make History

by Hatty Lee on June 14 2010, 6:52PM

Musical “Fela!” received three Tony Awards last night. Photo: Monique Carboni. Last night, the 64th Annual Tony Awards rocked Radio City Music Hall in New York City. With some amazing productions and actors of color in the running, it did…

Topics: Arts & Culture

Looking For a Blonde Runway Model? Hit Brazil's Poor Farms

Looking For a Blonde Runway Model? Hit Brazil’s Poor Farms

by Daisy Hernandez on June 10 2010, 3:42PM

Agent and former model Bethann Hardison once said, “Modeling is probably the one industry where you have the freedom to refer to people by their color and reject them in their work.” It’s also probably the one industry where you…

Topics: Arts & Culture

Will Janelle Monáe Survive Our Obsession?

Will Janelle Monáe Survive Our Obsession?

by Jamilah King on June 7 2010, 12:00PM

The success of her new album puts her a step closer to the scrutiny we reserve for heroes.

Topics: Arts & Culture

M.I.A. v. NYTimes: Who's Right?

M.I.A. v. NYTimes: Who’s Right?

by Daisy Hernandez on May 28 2010, 4:14PM

Rapper M.I.A. tweeted off yesterday at New York Times Magazine writer Lynn Hirschberg, apparently in retribution for a profile published this week suggesting the rapper’s naive about politics and more interested in the spectacle than the struggle. In a nod…

Topics: Arts & Culture